I love this beautifully produced book: 100 Years by Joshua Prager. Every age from 0 to 100 years is featured with a quote from a famous writer. Here’s a selection:Continue reading “What Famous Writers Say About Your Age”
The year is almost over, so it’s time to send my list of favourites for the year: books, TV, and movies. I’m sure I’ve missed much, so send me yours too! Here are my picks:Continue reading “My Favourite Books/Movies/TV Of 2019, What’s Yours?”
With so much advice on nutrition and diet, sometimes it’s best to keep it simple. Based on what I’ve learned, here are 4 simple tips for healthy eating:Continue reading “4 Eating Tips For Good Health”
I was brought up with a very western-centric view of the world, and culture continues to frame things in that way. It is therefore intriguing to view the world from a completely different perspective. History can provide a very real way of doing that. One example of this is when the British Empire encountered the Chinese.
The British Empire, one of the largest in history, went through several phases. One critical phase was the American War Of Independence when the colonists in North America broke away from the Empire in 1783. While it did stop British expansion in the west, it resulted in them focusing on the East. Eventually, it lead to the British Raj in India and the next phase of the British Empire.
It also saw them have more contact with the Chinese. At the time, the British were allowed to trade in the Canton port (later Hong Long), but they weren’t allowed a presence in mainland China. What many history books fail to mention is that though the British (along with possibly the French) were the largest European powers, they weren’t the largest in the world. Continue reading “What the Chinese Thought of the British Empire In the 18th Century (2 mins)”
Apologies to American readers, I’m talking soccer, not American football! The question of who is the best footballer can break friendships and destroy families, but there are some objective ways of arriving at the answer.Continue reading “Who Is the Top Footballer In the World?”
I recently re-read a book on Napoleon by British Historian Andrew Roberts. Napoleon of course is known to some as one of great military commanders in history. But I looked for Napoleon’s broader leadership style and character. This is what I took away from the book: Continue reading “Napoleon As Management Guru?!”
Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, Magneto from X-Men and a zillion characters from Shakespeare’s plays – that has been the remarkable range of Sir Ian McKellen. To celebrate his 80th birthday he’s been touring the UK with his one man show ‘Ian McKellen On Stage’. I recently got to see him and I must say he was amazing. But it reminded me how good Shakespeare is – and McKellen lives and breathes his works. Here’s a selection of the more practical quotes from Shakespeare’s plays:Continue reading “Shakespeare Gives Great Advice”
Burning forests, floods, strange weather patterns – the list goes on. Climate change is here and we’re the cause. Our lifestyles are depleting the planet of its natural self-healing properties. At the same time, the scale of the challenge is so large that as an individual it can paralyse us into inaction. But every little helps, here are 7 things I do that could make some small difference to the planet. They have the added benefit of saving you money, making you healthier or improving your social connections.Continue reading “7 Tips To Help the Planet and Yourself”
When I was young I would “ikstuarpok” when I was expecting friends. I often “pana po’o” when I’m working. And I hope I never “shenmei pilao”. Many times, you can’t quite find the word in English to describe something. Thankfully, other cultures and languages have such words. It makes you wonder why English doesn’t have them. Here are 22 such words:Continue reading “22 Untranslatable Words”